Disgraced ex-AG pleads surrenders legislation license in plea deal | Native-news

An ex-assistant attorney general can’t practice law for five years as part of a plea deal in a case that involved a romantic affair he had with a complaining witness that worked through the Isabella County Trial Court.

Brian Kolodiziej, 41, pleaded no contest to two counts of willful neglect of duty by a public officer on Wednesday.

Part of the plea deal requires him to give up his law license for five years. It also saw the dismissal of two felony charges of misconduct in office, according to a press release from the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.

Misconduct in Office is a five-year felony; what Kolodziej pleaded to is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. The press release didn’t indicate whether the plea deal included an agreement on any jail time.

Kolodziej was the assistant attorney general who prosecuted Ian Elliott, who was accused of rape by Rachel Wilson.

The charges against Kolodziej stem from a romantic relationship Kolodziej had with Wilson during the case.

Elliott was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to commit sexual assault in two cases. Ultimately, he pleaded no contest to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to one year in prison.

As part of the scandal’s fallout, Elliott was given a new deal of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and served out the rest of his time in the Isabella County Jail. 

Approximately a month after he was sentenced, Kolodziej abruptly resigned his post after his affair was reported to the Michigan State Police. At the time, Attorney General Dana Nessel said she gave him the choice to quit or be fired.

She also launched an internal investigation, the contents of which have not been made public, and asked the Michigan State Police to conduct a criminal investigation.

The case was overseen by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office because Kolodziej had done work in the Detroit area and served in the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office sex crimes unit.

As a result of the investigation, which included examining Kolodziej’s conduct in prosecuting cases as an assistant attorney general, first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were dropped against two men in Oakland County.

The investigation concluded in mid-December, with Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker announcing the two counts of misconduct in office, a common law felony.

Formal sentencing is scheduled before Circuit Court Judge Sara Spencer-Noggle at 1:45 p.m. on July 16.

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